2016 - Dr. Joe Matel

Dr. Joe Matel has lived a life of service since graduation from Stillwater Area High School in 1996. While studying at St. John’s University he volunteered to serve in battered women’s shelters and also worked with people who were homeless. As an Americorp VISTA volunteer he helped homeless veterans and people with HIV find housing. During medical school, residency and fellowship he cared for migrant farm workers, the homeless and taught NAM (Native Americans into Medicine). Dr. Matel lived and worked in Eastern Washington state delivering healthcare to mostly migrant workers and their families through the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Matel currently works in Santa Rosa, California at a community health center taking care of uninsured and underinsured patients, as well as teaching future family medicine residents to deliver quality healthcare for the underserved at a UCSF program. Current areas of interest include homeless healthcare, providing nonjudgmental obstetric care to drug addicted moms and teaching young physicians to provide quality healthcare to low income patients. Dr. Matel holds a doctorate of medicine from the University of Minnesota and specializes in obstetrics and women’s health, opioid addiction, preventive primary care and emergency medicine.